Paper, Pagers, and the PC: How Technology is Leaving Our Healthcare System in the Dust
As a millennial, I don’t understand paper, would rather text than talk, and really despise my good ol’ PC. Unfortunately, as a physician in full-time patient care, daily I’m forced to consume a forest worth of paper, call dozens of people back after receiving DOS-like texts on my pager, and can’t find anything but PCs in every single hospital system I serve. Does any other industry still operate like this?
My frustration with medicine’s technological challenges dates back to my first day of medical school in 2003. Google had been a search engine for 5 years, Amazon had been proliferating the use and modernization of cloud computing for 3 years, and Facebook was getting ready to launch. You can imagine the look on my face when I was told to go to my locker and pick up my packet of notes. “Paper notes?” I thought. That packet turned out to be a…
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